Artist announced for 2019 SSW x Counterflows residency

Letitia Pleiades, Sonic Seance – The Gathering (2019). Photo: XXXSonic Séance by V/DA @variousdanceartists. Image: Tiu Makkonen

We are excited to announce the selection of Glasgow-based Letitia Pleiades as our 2019 SSW x Counterflows residency artist.

Letitia’s practice spans music production, DJing, dance, performance, and teaching and is informed by herbalism, bodywork and organising around accessible healthcare. Often working collaboratively Letitia creates ritual using queer her-story/narrative/intuition, to re-remember, unearth, (re)create and share information and practices. They seek to acknowledge our shared entangled histories, to find where healing can happen, struggles can be collectivised and difference celebrated.

Over the next 3 months, Letitia will spend time on residency at SSW to develop new work across the foundry and ceramics towards an, “intersectional queer rural imagining of hard drum”. Alongside and amongst this, they will be researching the making, acoustics, social function and history of bells. They say, “making electronic music can mean sitting in front of a computer all day so having this opportunity to engage in processes, materials and objects is something I am so grateful of, and inspires me at a pivotal moment in my practice”

Within Letitia’s established, collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, this residency will enable open-ended research within a rural setting. They will share some of the outcomes and process of their residency at SSW’s 40th anniversary celebration later this year.

Alasdair Campbell, Director of Counterflows adds, “Counterflows is delighted to be working on our second residency in collaboration with the wonderful team at SSW, and to have Letitia Pleiades as the artist involved is really exciting. Having worked with Letitia through Counterflows previously, we are interested to see how they explore their many ideas linking so many different aspects of social, political and artistic practice within this rural setting”.

Last year’s SSW x Counterflows residency artist was Sholto Dobie. Read about his experience on residency here.

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